I wanted you to be one of the first to know that today, the DNC is filing a civil lawsuit alleging Russia perpetrated a brazen attack on American democracy, and found a willing and active partner in the Trump campaign.

Here’s why: a major part of Russia’s attack on American democracy was its cyberattack on the DNC and its theft of the DNC’s proprietary information. This stolen information was then released to the public by Russian agents and Wikileaks to damage the Democratic party and influence the 2016 election.

This litigation isn’t about our party, it is about our country. If the occupant of the Oval Office refuses to protect our democracy, Democrats will. It is our obligation to the American people.

We believe that Russia found a willing partner in the Trump campaign, who shared their goal of damaging the Democratic party and helping elect Donald Trump. The Trump campaign had repeated secretive communications with Russian agents and WikiLeaks. Russian agents told Trump advisors that the Kremlin wanted to help Trump and had stolen emails and other material that could damage Trump’s opponent. And Trump’s closest political advisor, Roger Stone, had advanced knowledge of a major release of stolen Democratic emails.

It is a disgrace to our country that instead of taking actions to protect American democracy, the Trump campaign put Russia and itself first.

Make no mistake about it, our number one focus at the DNC is winning elections from the school board to the Oval Office – and we’re winning all across this country. We’re going to keep our eyes on the prize: taking back the House and Senate, winning back state legislatures, and building a brighter future for our country. But winning elections also means protecting elections, and today we’re doing just that.

But no one is above the law, and we must pursue every avenue of justice against those who engaged in this illegal activity and the horrific attack on the DNC and our democracy.

More soon,

Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee